pounds lower half of zone; plus control; command to both sides of plate; maintained velo into later innings, but could play up a tick or two in shorter stints; maintains from stretch; slight armside tail with sink to both sides of plate
sharp, cutter action with late movement; downhill only from release, little to no depth; frequent use to gloveside; swing-miss offering
2-7 break; more sweep than depth, though displays both; bigger, slower version of SL; backdoor option to righties, slow chase pitch to lefties; confidence in and expanded use needed to improve pitch
slight fade and drop; keeps down in zone; throws to gloveside with frequency
Plus-plus control lefty with average-to-plus four-pitch mix. Tall, lanky former first-round pick features above-average FB with sink; works in lower half of zone. Complements with a plus SL with cutter action that consistently generates swings-and-misses. CB is a slower, bigger version of SL, with more depth and sweeping action; can backdoor righties or induce chasing from lefties. CH shows fade and drop; present third pitch, but growth of CB could make fourth option. Locates everything for strikes and limits walks. Delivery is not without effort. Lower release point. FB/SL could play, even play up, now in bullpen role. More convinced now than in 2015 fall league that he can start. Solid #3 starter given opportunity, high quality reliever floor.